I have generated an index with tab leaders in Indesign CS5. Everything works great, with one exception. When I set the leader dots, some entires don't work. I'm not sure why because I set up the index to put a tab after every entry.
As you can see, "Messy" is not following the tab leader rule I set like so:
Can someone please tell me what I'm doing to cause this or offer a solution. There are quite a few like this and it is a fairly large index so going through manually would be a pain. Here are the settings I used as well:
Thanks in advance for reading and helping me out.
You mean in the index entry? I checked and none of them have second tabs set. and I thought that might be the problem too, but when I show the hidden charcters the index seems to be generating correctly, it's just when I set the leader dots afterwards that it decides to skip some entries.
The charcter in the tabs panel is an indent marker (I know it's kinda hard to see) for longer entires that may span two lines.
Joel, why would the hanging indent do that? I thought perhaps there was a seond tab set at that position which had no leader, but that's hard to know unless we're looking at the tabs rule with the cursor in the odd paragraph.
I've never known why I don't need to actually set a tab stop at the hang when I make hanging indents. But it's been this way since InDesign CS at least - if you set up a hanging indent, then the place where it hangs is treated as a tab stop. I don't know for certain that the cursor is in the "Messy" entry in that screenshot, but I suspect that all of the index entries have the same paragraph style, and that the indent is set up in that parastyle.
Do I need to get rid of the indent?
Why not try just making it a bit smaller and see what happens?
The other option might be to use a Right Indent tab instead of the regualr right aligned tab you've specified. To get the leader use a nested character style that adds a custom underline to the tab character.